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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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New group targets single-passenger vehicle travel
Jim Wick, former campaign manager for Mayor Steve Adler and leader of the Move Austin Forward political action committee that campaigned for the city’s 2016 mobility bond, has stepped into the spotlight with a new project known as MoveATX. The group made its public bow last week with the release of a survey conducted during last fall’s general election that found Austinites favor transit options that would get them out of single-passenger vehicles. The survey found 75 percent of people want the city to speed up improvements to infrastructure for bikes, scooters and pedestrians. Nearly 50 percent of respondents said they would prefer to use something other than a car as their primary transit method. While public education will be a priority for the group, an early goal will be creating a divided bike lane on Shoal Creek Boulevard to allow easier nonvehicular travel from downtown to North Austin.
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